Filed: Friday, 3rd February 2012
By: Staff Writer
Sam Allardyce has admitted that it could be some time before new signing Ravel Morrison makes his first team debut.
Of the five signings made by Allardyce in the January transfer window, the one to spark the interest of the supporters most was the young Mancunian, who celebrated his 19th birthday yesterday.
However Big Sam, speaking via his weekly column for the Evening Standard insisted that the youngster was very much a work in progress, rather than someone who could be thrown straight into his starting line-up.
"One of the biggest things for Ravel would be for him to break into our first team. First things first, though. We have to find out about his talent, we have to settle him into his home environment, his lifestyle and build him a programme for the time spent away from the pitch," he said.
"We're all a product of our backgrounds and Ravel is no exception. Now, though - and with the great ability with which he has been blessed - he has a great chance to be a great footballer and fundamentality change his life. We'll give him all the help he needs to settle in, but just as important is the way he looks after himself.
"He has a long-standing girlfriend, which is a good thing because he is not going to be lonely. We need to find him the right area in which to live and put him in a position where he clearly understands what he needs to do to develop his career. All in all it's a complete life package and one which, we hope, will help him flourish as a player."
Conversely, fellow deadline day signings Nicky Maynard and Ricardo Vaz Te are expected to feature in some way against Millwall - for whom Allardyce played between 1981 and 1983 - in tomorrow's big London derby.
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03:44PM 3rd Feb 2012
''The only way to bed players into a new environment and a new team is have them play on the pitch. Look at Barrera and Savio, they were given the softly, easing in process and both have now moved on. If things don't go well off the pitch but you're playing it gives you focus, if things aren't going well and you're not playing then its doubly hard.
I'm not putting Ravel in the same bracket as Savio but lets face it, the boy wants to be centre of attention, let him have it. We need clinical players in the final third. Who aren't afraid to go for the jugular. ''